German Wirehaired Pointers trace
their origins back to the late 1800s.
They originated in Germany, where
breeders wanted to develop a
rugged, versatile hunting dog that
would work closely with either one
person or a small party of people
hunting on foot in varied terrain;
from the mountainous regions of
the Alps, to dense forests, to more
open areas with farms and small
The breed the Germans desired
had to have a coat that would
protect the dogs when working in
heavy cover or in cold water, yet be
easy to maintain.
The goal was to develop a wire-
coated, medium-sized dog that
could search for, locate and point
upland game; work both feather
and fur with equal skill; retrieve
water fowl; be a close-working,
easily trained gun dog; be able to
track and locate wounded game; be
fearless when hunting sharp game
such as fox; be a devoted
companion and pet; and, be a
watchdog for its owners’ family and
In 1959, the breed was recognized
by the American Kennel Club and
the German Wirehaired Pointer
Club of America (GWPCA) was
Weather Proof Pooch
The coat of the German Wirehaired
Pointer is weather-resistant in
every sense of the term, and it is to
large extent water-repellent. It is
straight, harsh, wiry, and quite flat-
lying. One and one half to two
inches in length, it is long enough
to shield the body from rough
cover, yet not so long as to hide
Source: American Kennel Club
The following information on hunting with GWPs is courtesy of IdaWire Kennels. Thank you!
Most German Wirehaired Pointers love
the water, and will naturally go into the
water to retrieve. Many hunters like to
use GWPs for waterfowl hunting, in
addition to upland game. GWPs have
been bred to retrieve, but it is important
to nurture this natural instinct in your
new puppy by playing "fetch" with him,
and once you are in the field, it may
take a few birds for him to decide to
bring the bird back to you. But, once he
learns that you will shoot him more,
when he finds them, he will happily
return shot birds to you. GWPs usually
have good noses, too, and uses his
nose to find birds that have been shot
that you may not find without a dog.
Pup's First Hunt
When you get your new puppy, you're gonna want to see him
work in the field. Remember that he is just a baby, and even
though he has a lot of natural instinct, he still needs to learn
what hunting and birds are all about. He may want to chase
birds at first, but he will quickly learn to point the birds, and
that you're the guy who's gonna shoot the birds for him! You
should have introduced your puppy to the shot before his
first hunting trip, and we recommend using your smallest
shot-gun until he is gets used to the shot.
And, even though you're proud of your new pup, it is best if
you can limit your first hunting trips to just you and your new
pup--it will help your pup to learn what hunting is all about if
he learns to work with you as a partner. So, leave your
buddies and their dogs at home until your pup knows that
you are his hunting buddy.
An Excellent Point
German Wirehaired Pointers are a pointing breed--they have
been bred to stop and "point" game when they find the scent.
Pointing dogs have a very different style of hunting than
spaniels or retrievers,which are "flushing" dogs. While flushing
breeds work close to the hunter, pointing dogs hunt more
independently. A pointing dog should typically range at least
100 yards away from the hunter, and many times, they will
work much farther from the hunter. This is desirable, since a
dog that ranges farther and covers more ground is more likely
to find birds than a dog that is hunting close to the hunter. If
your dog is hunting too close to you, than he won't find any
birds you wouldn't have found by yourself, without a dog!
Trust your pointing dog to do his job when he is a long range
from you--when he finds the bird, he will freeze into the classic
"point" and will wait for you to come and shoot the bird for him.
Extend Your Hunting Season
There are many fun organizations that can help you train and extend your hunting season. AKC Hunt tests and AKC Field Trials are
two that we participate in. Others are North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA), and National Shoot To Retrieve
Association (NSTRA). All of these organizations have either tests or competitions that GWP's excel in. I encourage you to check them
out and find one that fits with your hunting style and the goals you have for your dog.
|Our Dogs in the Field
We hunt with our dogs as much as
we can when birds are in season.
Our dogs have hunted Pheasant,
Quail, Grouse, Huns, Sharptails,
Chuckar, Ducks, Geese and
Rabbits. They are always up to
find birds! It is important to us that
the dogs we produce can hold up
to days and years in the field.
When birds aren't in season we
train and compete with our dogs in
AKC field trials and hunt tests.
This allows us to keep our dogs on
birds all year long.
Click here to see photos of
Ironwire dogs in the field.